Lizzo opens up about her strict upbringing, saying she was "nerdy" and "scared of eternal damnation"

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Lizzo. Photographed by Denise Truscello
Lizzo. Photographed by Denise Truscello
Denise Truscello

The ‘Good as Hell’ hitmaker – whose grandparents founded the Pentecostal Christian Church the Church of God in Christ, had a "very evangelical" upbringing with lots of strict rules in place.

“I had a very evangelical upbringing based on evangelical beliefs. We couldn’t wear pants to church because they were the devil,” Lizzo says, speaking to Marie Claire Australia.

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“Listening to rap, pop and R&B and even going to the movies was forbidden, they were all the devil, so I only listened to Gospel music. I was very nerdy in Detroit. I was so scared of external damnation,” she adds.

In her spare time, she would read the bible: “I read it all, from front to back. I wasn’t cray, just dedicated. That’s how I was raised.”

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Even now, Lizzo prays backstage with her team ahead of each show and finds her faith helps her to cope with the savage side of the music industry. “This is a savage industry. You have to cultivate your spirituality.”

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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